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About James & Wells James & Wells is an internationally recognized, privately owned Australasian firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, intellectual…
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James & Wells | New Zealand | 10 Jan 2022

2022…new year…new idea? New IP?

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” (Victor Hugo) It was a glorious afternoon…
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James & Wells | New Zealand | 4 Nov 2021

Securing yourself against the digitus impudicus in IPONZ proceedings

Picture this: You’re a local NZ business and you’ve just successfully defended an opposition to registration of your trade mark before the…
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James & Wells | Australia, New Zealand | 24 Sep 2021

IPONZ report investigates the nature and source of patenting activity in New Zealand: but does it reveal the secrets of success?

In an earlier article (1) we commented on the content of a Report from IP Australia regarding the rights it had administered in the 2020 year. We were…
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James & Wells | USA | 16 Sep 2021

Is a dispute on the horizon: Ford trade marks SKYLINE in the US

As a much younger man the first quality car that I bought was a Japanese import Nissan Skyline GTS-T with 80,000kms on the clock. Unlike my previous…
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James & Wells | Australia | 16 Sep 2021

IP Developments in Biotechnology Australia 2021

The past year saw a number of important developments regarding intellectual property impacting on the biotechnology sector in Australia. Here, we…
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James & Wells | Australia, New Zealand | 7 Sep 2021

Exporting to Australia - trade mark tricks and copyright catches

Are you thinking of exporting to Australia? Got your IP rights in order? Not yet? Well, don’t leave it too late because ‘she’ might not be right if…
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James & Wells | New Zealand | 20 Aug 2021

Brand Extension 101

A recent article in Car and Driver Magazine got me thinking about the concept of brand extension. Aston Martin has leveraged its brand into high…
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James & Wells | New Zealand | 13 Aug 2021

Doubling back or doubling down? IPONZ on double patenting - part 1

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has traditionally been very strict when examining for double patenting, stricter than IP…
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James & Wells | Australia | 6 Aug 2021

In global fight over whether an AI can be an inventor, an Australian judge is first to get on dabus

Last Friday, Justice Beach of the Australian Federal Court has held in Thaler v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 879 (30 July 2021) that an alleged…
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James & Wells | Australia | 13 Jul 2021

Not absurd - the Commissioner appeals the Federal Court of Australia’s decision on Patent Term Extensions in Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents

We recently highlighted that the decision of Beach J of the Federal Court of Australia in Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [1] had…
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